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Wisdom of the Mandukya Upanishad

Do you find yourself struggling mentally as you try to concentrate and contemplate? According to Swami Rama, we cannot gain mental freedom without understanding the three prime conditionings of the mind. What are they and how do they affect our progress? The answer lies in the Mandukya Upanishad.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 4 mins

Source: Mandukya Upanishad lectures (Honesdale, 1990)

About the Teacher

Swami Rama

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925–1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster, who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally, in 1969, came to the United States, where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

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